Step one: merge new wave influence with the coiled charge of punk. Step two: add wiry clockwork riffs and anti-capitalist sentiment. Step three: dress it in a rigorous black-white-red aesthetic. Result: N0V3L. A little ideological, a lot entertaining, the Vancouver DIY collective are ‘an engine of entertainment and social criticism weaponising rhythm and melody against the unsound powers that be’. 2019 debut album Novel stands as riveting testament to this description. The band mine explicit influences – from Talking Heads yelps to Public Enemy rage and the noisy joy of The Clash – not to chain themselves to the past but to leap ahead into a new sound. And despite their unrelentingly subversive mechanics, N0V3L won’t deny you a dance this August.
Country: United Kingdom
Tin Angel Records